Good day everybody,
Welcome to CryptoGod-1's blog on all things crypto. Today I will be doing a quick write up on a recent scam I have noticed regarding MetaMask. While it has likely been around for awhile, it is one of the more clever ones I have seen. By clever, I mean that it could be easy to fall for this one in a haste without really thinking about it. So, without further ado, here is the scam:
A email is sent to your private email account claiming to be from MetaMask. Within the email they outline how the network has had to deal with heavy usage of late and as a result your wallet has been unable to complete the latest blockchain update, leaving it disabled. They go on to claim that the only way to ensure your wallet functions properly going forward is to complete the update before the 2nd of February 2023, and it can be done by clicking the lovely looking link given in the email. Below is an image showing what the scam looks like, as seen on @tmagled Twitter account:
Immediately you will be thinking (I hope) this is clearly a scam. You would be correct, and good job for noticing it. However, reading the message closer you will notice the use of some particular buzzwords, such as Merge, Blockchain Update, and the best one: you must manually merge.
Seasoned crypto veterans like us on Publish0x would immediately ignore this message and know it is nothing more than a scammer trying to access your funds. Even if you did hesitate and consider it to be legitimate, the easiest thing to do would be log into your MetaMask and make sure it is working.
That could be costly and time consuming though, as not everybody want to spend gas to ensure their wallet is working and it could put a doubt in their mind. Lets be clear though, this is not a realistic scenario of MetaMask sending out an emailing saying you will need to manually update, and why is that you may ask?
Due to one of the easiest things to remember, which is the simple fact that when you signed up for MetaMask you never gave them an email address, therefore, it is clearly a scam and to be avoided at all costs.
Some have taken a more light hearted approach to the scam, critiquing it for its eloquant art in the message, with some others taking a tongue in cheek approach to how only those in Web2 would fall for such a thing. Either way, be safe out there and always think twice before clicking any link.
Stay safe out there and have a great day.
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